News From the Region 6 Archives

Cathy Lundeen

​From time to time, we will use Lutheran Potluck to publicize news from the ELCA’s regional archives system. The ELCA is divided into nine geographic regions and each of those regions has a regional archives that maintain the historical records of the ministries of the ELCA synods in those regions as well as those synods’ predecessor bodies. In addition to these records, regional archives are also the repositories for the records of closed, disbanded, or dissolved congregations located in those regions.  This week we share news from Jennifer Long, archivist for Region 6 which comprises six synods located in Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, and Ohio:

“The ELCA Region 6 Archives Attends Synod Assemblies,” Jennifer Long, archivist, Region 6

Synod Assembly season is an exciting time for the ELCA Region 6 Archives.  In May, the ELCA Region 6 Archives had the privilege to be represented at the North/West Lower Michigan Synod and Southeast Michigan Synod Joint Assembly in Lansing, MI.  The Archives joined synod and regional ministries as they created their display tables and interacted with assembly participants.  The archivist enjoyed speaking with members of the North/West Michigan and Southeast Michigan synods about how congregation members and the Region 6 Archives can work together to preserve and share Lutheran history. 


1951 ALC International Luther League convention, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan.

In June, the Archives had the opportunity to be represented in the Celebration of Ministries during the Indiana-Kentucky Synod Assembly in Covington, KY.  The Celebration of Ministries is unique in that it schedules specific times for assembly participants to interact with the synod and regional ministries.  The Archives also had the opportunity to conduct a breakout session on “Congregational Record-Keeping,” featuring the new records retention schedule from the ELCA Office of the Secretary’s web page.

The ELCA Region 6 Archives is grateful to the staff and people of the North/West Lower Michigan Synod, Southeast Michigan Synod, and Indiana-Kentucky Synod for their work, dedication, and hospitality during the synod assemblies.